Sunburn is still an extremely common issue, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

Nearly everyone has dealt with sunburn at some point in their lives, whether they’re trying to achieve a perfect golden bronze or they simply miss a hard-to-reach spot with sunscreen. This type of skin damage is extremely harmful and potentially dangerous so prevention is key. Here are some tips from Joel Schlessinger MD to deal with sunburn in case you slip up.

When skin is exposed to UV rays, it produces excess melanin to protect itself. This process causes the complexion to turn dark brown and sometimes red, which is a sign of UV damage. Even individuals with dark skin tones or sun worshippers who never burn are susceptible to the harmful effects of UV exposure.

Sunburn symptoms can be irritating and painful, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Immediately after too much sun exposure, skin will be painful and appear red or pink. A few days after the burn, skin will begin to peel and may become dry and itchy. Over exposure to the sun can also cause headache, nausea and chills.

After your skin burns, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends staying hydrated and avoiding sun exposure. You can also take an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to help relieve some of the pain.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends applying topical products to soothe and calm skin.

To avoid sunburn, you can take steps to protect yourself such as taking Heliocare Sun Protection Pills daily. These supplements build up your skin’s resistance to UV damage. You should also apply a product such as EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41. If you do burn, apply LovelySkin Aloe Vera Soothing Skin Relief Gel to replenish damaged skin. You can also use FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone to heal dry, irritated skin.

Which products work for you after you’ve spent too much time in the sun? Let Joel Schlessinger MD know in the comment section below!

Posted Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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